Congress is on the precipice of passing a new FAA authorization (funding) bill that includes draconian measures on model aircraft. So draconian as to potentially eliminate much of the hobby community in the near future by adding significant regulatory burdens and costs on hobbyists – to benefit corporate America.
Monthly Archive: September 2018
Unmanned aircraft hardly being used in Hurricane Florence recovery response #UAS #UAV #drones #quadcopters
Contrary to initial reports, drones have been mostly grounded in the Hurricane Florence recovery effort, in part because of multi-agency confusion and bureaucracy and that emergency managers may have unrealistic views of what problems can be assisted with drones.
FAA Administrator wants all model aircraft to have remote ID transponders. The Department of Transportation’s Chief Counsel said the same thing earlier this year.
Large number of #drone aircraft deployed to inspect damage after Hurricane Florence #drones #UAS #UAV #quadcopters
(Bloomberg) — As Hurricane Florence batters the southeastern U.S., a small army of drones is being assembled to quickly help identify and even fix damage caused by the storm. Source: Drone Army Is Ready to Swoop in for Florence Power Recovery In the aftermath of...
If Democrats regain control of Congress, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will likely become head of the House transportation committee with oversight of the FAA. He appears to favor strong regulation of all model aircraft operations in the United States. What impact is this likely to have on model aviation or consumer drone/quadcopter activities?
Tech companies view themselves as “green” companies, but they are anything but “green”. Until about half a dozen years ago, cell phones had user replaceable batteries, but then all manufacturers, about the same time, made replacing batteries very difficult. Since batteries last about 2 years...
FAA administrator implies mandatory Beacon Identification transmitters will be required for all “#drones” #quadcopters #UAS #UAV
The acting Administrator of the FAA implies in a speech in Las Vegas that mandatory Beacon Identification transponders will be required on all model aircraft. He’s just waiting for Congress to give them the legal authority to make this happen.
Ford Motor Company proposed a drone ID system that would use on board lighting to transmit the FAA registration number. Their system is simple, low cost, and could be put on to many existing small aircraft.